Christopher P. O'Boynick, MD

Christopher P. O'Boynick

Contact Information

  • Office 314-849-0311
  • Fax 314-849-4423

Specialties

Main Location

Signature Orthopedics - South County
12639 Old Tesson Road
Suite 100 & Suite 115
St. Louis, MO 63128
314-849-0311
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Other Locations

Signature Orthopedics - West County
845 North New Ballas Court
Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63141
314-983-4700

Hospital Affiliations

Mercy Hospital South
SSM Health St. Clare Hospital - Fenton
Missouri Baptist Medical Center
St. Louis University Hospital

Areas of Interest

Spine Surgery, Cervical Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Lumbar Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Cervical Disc Replacement, Minimally Invasive Fusion, Alternatives to Fusion Surgery, Deformity Correction, Motion Sparing Spine Surgery

About

Dr. O’Boynick, a board-certified fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, is specialized in the evaluation and treatment of spine-related injuries and disorders. Some of the specific treatments he has expertise in are minimally invasive spine surgery, cervical disc replacement, minimally invasive fusion, alternatives to fusion surgery, deformity correction, and motion sparing spine surgery. Dr. O’Boynick is able to perform many of these procedures same day and/or outpatient. 

In addition, Dr. O'Boynick performs workers' compensation evaluations and treatment, independent medical examinations, and medicolegal evaluations and treatment.

Dr. O'Boynick sees patients at our Signature Orthopedics South County and Signature Orthopedics West County (Creve Coeur) locations and performs surgery at several St. Louis hospitals and outpatient surgery centers. 

In his free time, Dr. O'Boynick enjoys golf, fly fishing, emerging technologies, recreational shooting and travel.

Dr. O'Boynick accepts all major insurances. For more information, please visit our Insurance page.

Education

Fellowship: OrthoCarolina Orthopedic Spine Fellowship
Residency: St. Louis University Orthopedic Residency
Medical School: University of Kansas Medical School

Certifications & Organizations

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Awards & Honors

Carl L. Nelson, M.D. Physician in Training Award Recipient - Mid America Orthopaedic Association

Publications

O’Boynick CP, Darden BV. Cervical Disc Arthroplasty – A Clinical Review. Arthroplasty A Comprehensive Review. InTech 2016.

Timing of surgery in thoracolumbar trauma: is early intervention safe? O’Boynick CP, Kurd MF, Darden BV, Vaccaro AR, Fehlings MG. Neurosurg Focus 37(1):E7 2014. doi: 10.3171/2014.5.focus1473

Locked versus Standard Unlocked Plating of the Symphysis Pubis in a Type-C Pelvic Injury. Moed BR, O’Boynick CP, Bledsoe JG Bledsoe. Injury. 2013 Nov 22. pii: S0020-1383(13)00551-2. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2013.11.017. [Epub ahead of print]

Clinical Presentations

2013 Saint Louis Orthopedic Society Meeting – Case Presentation, April 2013

4th Annual IC Middleman Memorial Lecture – Case Presentation, March 2013

3rd Annual IC Middleman Memorial Lecture – Case Presentation, March 2012

4th Annual Robert E. Burdge Lectureship in Orthopaedic Surgery – Case Presentation, November 2011

2011 Saint Louis Orthopedic Society Meeting – Case Presentation, October 2011

Scientific Presentations

Clearing the C-Spine in Obtunded Trauma Patients Based on Admission CT: A Prospective Randomized Trial. O’Boynick C, Lonergan T, Place HM. Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, Bonita Springs, FL April 18-22, 2012.

Clearing the C-Spine in Obtunded Trauma Patients Based on Admission CT: A Prospective Randomized Trial. O’Boynick C, Lonergan T, Place HM. AAOS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA February 9, 2012

The role of the ECM during regeneration in Hydra and Zebrafish. O’Boynick CP, Zhang X. University of Kansas Student Research Forum, Kansas City, KS July 6, 2006

Scientific Posters

Clearing the C-Spine in Obtunded Trauma Patients Based on Admission CT: A Prospective Randomized Trial. O’Boynick C, Lonergan T, Place HM. Cervical Spine Research Society Annual Meeting Dec 3-5, 2015

Cadaveric Pelvic Biomechanical Study: Locked versus Standard Unlocked Plating of the Symphysis Pubis in a Tile Type-C Pelvic Injury. O’Boynick C, Bledsoe JG, Moed BR. OTA, Minneapolis, MN Oct 4-6, 2012

Cadaveric Pelvic Biomechanical Study: Locked versus Standard Unlocked Plating of the Symphysis Pubis in a Tile Type-C Pelvic Injury. O’Boynick CP, Bledsoe JG, Moed BR. MAOA, Tucson, AZ April 6-10, 2011

Non-Medical Research

“Mapping prehistoric statue roads on Easter Island" (C.P. Lipo and T.L. Hunt) Antiquity 79:158-168. 2005

  • Video Transcript

    Hello, my name's Chris O'Boynick and I'm an orthopedic surgeon by training and I specialize in spine surgery.

    I became a doctor for a number of reasons but the biggest one is probably the influence of my father. He really was a big influence on me to go into medicine and surgery specifically and I think surgery was one of those things that you can really see the difference you make in someone almost immediately.

    I like talking to people and kind of hearing their story and seeing where they come from. I listen to everybody. Everybody's kind of a clean slate when they come to me regardless of what they've had going on in the past or who's treated them in the past. My philosophy's pretty much just to give those people the benefit of the doubt and I listen to their story and see if I can do something to help them.

    The spine is probably one of the most complex segments of orthopedic surgery because there are so many different ways to treat the disease and the disease processes. The challenge for me is figuring out which group of those treatment options works best for each individual pathology. Everyone is different and that's sort of why I like spine surgery: because there's more than one way to fix it; there's more than one way to solve the problem.

    Typically what I'll do is I'll ask the patients what they understand and what they know about their disease process and what they know about options to treat it. I'll ask them if they've read anything or if they looked anything up online and then I'll do a lot of visual teaching. It'll involve a model, it'll involve looking at their x-rays or their MRIs and showing them even the implants that I may use on them to sort of bring out all of their questions and answer them as best I can.